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NARROMINE SHIRE COUNCIL TO SCOPE TOMINGLEY-EUMUNGERIE ROAD UPGRADE

Monday, July 02, 2018

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant presented Narromine Shire Mayor Craig Davies with a cheque for $25,000 today, with the funds to go towards a scoping study into the upgrade of the Tomingley to Eumungerie road.

The scoping study will also help to inform council and the Orana Joint organisation more widely on future feasibility works for potential transport solutions.

Narromine Shire Council has been investigating options around the potential upgrade of the Tomingley to Eumungerie road for several years. The road is increasingly used by freight operators and heavy vehicles seeking to divert off the Newell Highway to avoid congestion in Dubbo utilising this flatter and quicker route.

Mr Grant said that this road upgrade would improve transport and freight efficiency in and out of Narromine while also providing a heavy vehicle ring road option for the region, bypassing Dubbo.

“This potential road upgrade would be of great benefit to the Narromine Shire and the Orana Region, improving freight movement and efficiency, access to the shire and will also help to improve road safety,”

“The investment would complement upgrades being undertaken on the Newell, Golden and Mitchell highways in the region and is in line with the State freight strategy.” Mr Grant said.

Mayor of Narromine Craig Davies is delighted that the significance of this important thoroughfare has now been recognised.

“This $25,000 grant will contribute to a study of the Tomingley to Eumungerie road to better understand the amount of freight utilising the road, the potential economic benefits the upgrade would provide and look at growth in traffic volumes.” Mr Davies said.

“Future upgrades of this road corridor will reduce travel times, reduce maintenance costs and fuel consumption for users while aligning with the inland rail route and decreasing congestion in around Dubbo.”

Mr Grant said this road upgrade project would create a natural bypass of Dubbo.

“Not all heavy vehicles travelling the length of the Newell need to stop in Dubbo, this upgrade has the potential to move some of this heavy traffic away from Dubbo, without the significant cost of constructing a new ring road elsewhere also avoiding costly and lengthy land acquisition processes and disruption to lives and livelihoods.” Mr Grant said.

DUBBO HOSPITAL'S MAJOR TRANSFORMATION ENTERS FINAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION

Monday, July 02, 2018


World-class health care for the people of Western NSW has reached another milestone with a sod turn for the final phase of construction of Dubbo Hospital’s redevelopment.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant were on hand today to turn the first sod on the final stages of the $150 million redevelopment.

The start of works for the new three-storey clinical services building was followed by the unveiling of designs for the $35 million Western Cancer Centre, which will provide comprehensive cancer diagnostic and treatment services at the hospital.

“The NSW Government has invested nearly $250 million in the major expansion and upgrade of Dubbo Hospital to give the people of Western NSW access to world-class health care closer to home,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“Dubbo Hospital is one of the major regional referral health services in NSW, and this major expansion and upgrade of services will ensure it can provide the very best care to local communities for decades to come.”

Dubbo Hospital’s transformation has included the opening of a new clinical services building as part of Stages 1 and 2 in late 2015, and more recently, a new 34-bed surgical unit, which opened in March this year.

As part of the final stages, the redevelopment of Dubbo Hospital will include:

  • A new emergency department and short stay unit
  • A new medical imaging unit
  • A new critical care floor comprising of:
    • Coronary care/stroke unit
    • Intensive care unit
    • Cardiac catheter laboratory
  • A new ambulatory care unit; and
  • A new main entry, drop off zone and car parking; and
  • A new and expanded renal unit will also be delivered as part of Stages 3 and 4

Mr Grant said the new facilities at Dubbo Hospital would help attract and retain highly-skilled health professionals in Dubbo.

“It will provide more training and education opportunities for our valued health staff and bring new talented staff in here for the Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.

Construction of the Western Cancer Centre Dubbo will occur in parallel with Stage 4 and will include 16 chemotherapy spaces, a bunker for radiation treatment and a PET CT scanner for cancer diagnostics.

The Federal Government committed $25 million towards the Western Cancer Centre.

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the new Cancer Centre would significantly improve health outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients living in rural and remote areas of Western NSW.

“Previously these patients were often required to travel large distances to Orange or Sydney for their treatment,” he said.

Construction of Stage 4 is scheduled for completion in 2021.

The NSW Government is investing more than $2.3 billion in capital works funding in the 2018 Budget to continue building and redeveloping hospitals, health facilities and ambulance stations, as part of a record $8 billion investment over the next four years.

NEW FIREFIGHTER SUPPORT VAN FOR CENTRAL WEST

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


A new support vehicle designed to protect the wellbeing of Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) firefighters at major emergencies has been delivered to Gulgong Fire Station.

The $120,000 rehabilitation van will be based at Gulgong and will respond to large fires and other emergencies right across Central West NSW.

Minister for Emergency Services and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said the new Mercedes Benz sprinter van would increase firefighters’ capability to deal with challenging and prolonged incidents.

“The NSW Government remains committed to providing our firefighters with the best equipment and technology available to support their vital work - protecting life and property,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government’s priority is to ensure fireys have the best tools available so they’re ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere.

“Last year in August I had the privilege of opening the new Gulgong Fire Station and I’m proud the NSW Government continues to invest in the safety of our region by providing the latest equipment and resources.

“This new rehabilitation van will assist firefighters and help keep them safe as they battle fierce fires and respond to other major emergencies.

“It has special cooling chairs to help crews recover from heat exposure during firefighting operations. The inventory also includes blankets, chairs, and many other elements vital to looking after firefighters’ wellbeing at incidents.”

FRNSW Central West Zone Commander, Brett Jackson said local officers continued to receive new vehicles to ensure they are prepared for anything.

“Firefighters in Central West NSW do an extraordinary job protecting local communities and this new rehabilitation van will be an invaluable asset at major emergencies in the future,” Mr Jackson said.

CELEBRATION FOR GRADUATING DUBBO COLLEGE CADETS

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


Minister for Emergency Services and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant with NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) District Manager Superintendent Lyndon Weiland today congratulated 16 students from Dubbo College (Delroy Campus) for their successful completion of the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program.

Minister Grant said the program is the ideal way to introduce young people to the important role volunteer firefighters play within communities.

"The cadets have completed a course that ran over two terms that has given them skills which will last a lifetime,” Mr Grant said.

“As well as examining fire behaviour, the students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and gained an appreciation of the work our emergency services do every day in this State.

“This program also offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand the commitment and camaraderie that comes with volunteering.

“This is the sixth time Dubbo College (Delroy Campus) has offered the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program to its students.

Superintendent Weiland said it was great to see genuine enthusiasm for this important community based program.

“In addition to our NSW RFS members, I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Principal and staff from Dubbo College (Delroy Campus), for helping to make this program such a success,” Superintendent Weiland said.

“I’d also like to thank the staff and volunteers from the Orana Team that facilitated the course.

"NSW RFS members thoroughly enjoy working closely with schools and communities to ensure that everyone is as well prepared as possible for the very real threat of fire. Firefighters cannot do it alone.

“The Service is proud to pass on the ideals of community service, dedication and teamwork to the next generation.”

NSW BUDGET: HEAD START FOR OUR YOUNG LEARNERS

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Member for the Dubbo electorate Troy Grant has joined the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell in announcing in today’s Budget that the NSW Government will invest $474.3 million in our youngest learners.

“As part of this announcement a record investment of $197.8 million over four years is provided to allow universal access to community preschools for three year olds, making NSW the first State in Australia to subsidise three years old in community preschools” said Mr Grant

This investment on top of the current NSW Governments Start Strong program which ensures all children have access to 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school demonstrates that the NSW Government is committed to improving the cost of living and easing the pressure on families with average daily fee’s decreasing by 25% and at the same time improving the accessibility of early childhood education services.

“The announcement includes a welcome $42.1 million in additional capital grants funding over four years to increase supply of preschool places where it is needed most and will be vital in meeting the demand of position availability.

Continuation of the Start Strong Program coupled with extending funding to all three year olds and the additional capital grants funding undeniably shows the commitment of the NSW Government to our youngest learners and will be of enormous benefit to those preschools and long daycare centre’s in the Dubbo Electorate” Mr Grant said.

In announcing the investment in Early Childhood Minister Mitchell said “It also means more children in NSW will be given the head start they deserve on their educational journeys and will start school even more equipped with the social, cognitive and emotional skills that a quality early childhood education provides”.

This significant investment is a $29.8 million increase on last year’s budget and shows the initiative and forward thinking capabilities of this Government to recognise and assist the families and children of NSW.

NSW BUDGET: $6.4 MILLION FOR TAFE WESTERN- DUBBO CAMPUS

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A significant investment in TAFE Western – Dubbo Campus was announced in todays budget with the Campus receiving over $6.4 million for its Stage 2 redevelopment, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

“This is part of a greater $9.8 million investment from last year’s budget for Stage 1 of the redevelopment which is currently underway,”

“The timing of this announcement couldn’t have come at a greater time following on from the NSW Governments Announcement of 100,000 free Apprenticeships, allowing newly enrolled Apprentices access to the Skills and Training Package” said Mr Grant.

The additional Apprentices and the boost to funding will bring more TAFE Teachers to campuses in the electorate and is a welcomed investment in ensuring that there is a continuation in the building of a skilled workforce.

“Of significant comfort is the NSW Governments commitment to provide 80% VET Funding to TAFE NSW which remains at record levels,”

“The Labor Candidate likes to ask a lot of questions with little regard to the facts, the big question that needs to be asked of the Labor Candidate is why he has claimed that the State Government has gutted TAFE, when this announcement shows that the NSW Liberals and Nationals are nothing but 100% committed to TAFE” Mr Grant said.

“This is the opposite for Labor who have only managed to promise 70% of VET Funding to TAFE which will slash millions from TAFE’s budget leading to the loss of teachers and possible Campus closures, a devastating 10% Labor budget kick in the guts for TAFE” said Mr Grant.

Not only is this announcement about a $6.4million upgrade to Dubbo’s TAFE Campus it’s in addition to the recently announced $285 million Skills and Training Package now complimented by the free apprenticeships across the State ensuring NSW has a strong pipeline of workers and is the biggest investment in TAFE in Dubbo since the construction of the Light and Heavy Automotive Facility at the Narromine campus completed in 2010.

NSW BUDGET: $90 MILLION INVESTMENT CONTINUES HOSPITAL BUILDING BONANZA

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Member for Dubbo Troy Grant announced today residents of the region will benefit from a $90 million investment in world class hospitals and health services in 2018-19.

“The ongoing Dubbo hospital redevelopment has received another boost this year with just under $60 million announced in today’s budget to keep the redevelopment on track,” Mr Grant said.

The Western Cancer Centre has been allocated $6 million for the commencement of work. This vital centre will deliver an integrated cancer diagnostic and treatment service for people in remote area of Western NSW.

In addition to the investment in Dubbo, the new Mudgee Hospital Project has been allocated $25 million which will speed up preparation for construction. The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will be visiting Mudgee in early July to do the official sod turn for the project.

“These ongoing investments do not just deliver essential health services to regional and rural areas but also boosts jobs and the economy of the local communities,” Mr Grant said.

NSW will benefit from a $2.3 Billion investment in world-class hospitals and health services in 2018-19, with a record $8 billion being invested over the next four years for new facilities, upgrades and redevelopments.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said “The NSW Government’s record health funding ensures our nurses, doctors and other clinicians can continue to provide the best possible care, supported by the most modern equipment in the newest facilities.”

NSW BUDGET: NEW TRESILLIAN FAMILY CARE HUB IN DUBBO

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


New parents in the region are set to receive a whole new support service with $2.2 million announced in today’s NSW Budget for Tresillian centres including one in Dubbo.

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is thrilled a service as vital as this will finally be delivered in the region.

“Currently in NSW parents with young families have to travel hundreds of kilometers to access this service, now parents will be able to receive home based services or a program right here in Dubbo,” Mr Grant said.

The NSW Government will partner with Tresillian to deliver the Family Care Centre Hub to new parents in the region.

“There is an ever increasing demand in rural areas for specialist referral services and targeted programs to support families experiencing complex issues- such as mental health issues and substance abuse,” Mr Grant said.

“Until now some parents in the region may have felt isolated and unsupported whilst experience symptoms of post-natal depression and other complicated issues.”

Families in isolated areas will also have access to comprehensive assessment, consultation and management of early parenting challenges, home based services and early intervention.

The hub will have a large lounge area for group educational sessions and meetings. There will also be private rooms set up with individual cots, breastfeeding chairs and counselling areas for individual consults and day stays for families needing more intensive care.

Tresillian has been providing intensive early parenting support to families of NSW since 1918. Tresillian intend to deliver services from existing facilities where possible with the most favourable option to partner with a Local Health Service site.

Local Youth Organisations Encouraged To apply For NSW Government Funding

Thursday, June 07, 2018


Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is urging local youth organisations to apply for a share of $1.5 million in Youth Opportunities grant funding. 

One-off grants between $10,000 and $50,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects.

“Grants provided to local organisations will help young people to participate, engage and be included in our community,” Mr Grant said.

“Giving young people an opportunity to be part of youth-driven projects will not only help them develop individually, but it will help strengthen the community as a whole.”

Minister responsible for Youth, Ray Williams said in this year’s funding round there will be an additional $400,000 available to benefit more young people.  

“I’m proud of the additional funding that will go a long way to support our young people reach their potential,” Mr Williams said.

“Projects previously selected aim to upskill young people to provide them with greater opportunities for employment in a number of sectors, including hospitality, events planning or media.”

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $9 million in funding to 177 projects across NSW. 

Applications for grants under this year’s program close on Monday 16 July 2018.

To apply or to find further information about the program, visit: http://youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/

DUBBO ELECTORATE COMMUNITY SURVEY

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Over the coming days each household in the Dubbo electorate will receive a ‘Community Survey’ in their letterbox, and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said he is encouraging everyone to have their say.

This free survey is asking residents to identify priorities important to them and make suggestions on future government policy and community infrastructure projects. 

“Opinions are no good if you keep them to yourself, or only discuss them with your mates at the pub, in the coffee shop, or around the dining table at home,” Mr Grant said.

“This survey will only take a few minutes to complete and gives you the chance to actually let decision makers know what you think, that’s is why I am encouraging everyone to complete and return this survey,”

“I’d like your feedback on what I, as your local member in state parliament, can do to continue supporting the communities across the Dubbo electorate,” Mr Grant said.

“Only a small percentage of people ever make contact with their local MP, this survey gives you the chance to make your opinion known and identify what you believe the priorities for your area should be.”

Mr Grant said to keep our region strong, we need to invest in the things that will help drive employment, support our wellbeing and continue to make our area and attractive place to live, work and play.

“I am working closely with my Ministerial and Parliamentary colleagues to make sure new infrastructure and investment continues to come our way,”

“I will personally read each survey returned and look forward to hearing from you,” Mr Grant said.

The survey can be returned by mail free of charge, dropped into Mr Grant’s office at 18 Talbragar St in Dubbo, or emailed in.

For more information on this community survey please call Mr Grants electorate office on 6882 3577, or email dubbo@parliament.nsw.gov.au

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